A Long Beach store owner who gave a little whiskey before a fatal accident was banned from selling alcohol

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A store owner who gave a bottle of whiskey to an underage driver before the fatal 2019 crash has been banned from selling alcohol.

Amore Amasio, 60, was permanently banned from selling alcohol after gifting a bottle of whiskey to Carlo Navarro, 20, on Halloween night in 2019.

Navarro, drunk behind the wheel, had a fatal accident when he climbed onto the sidewalk. Navarro beat up a mother, father, and their 3-year-old child. The three victims died of their injuries.

“This is one of the most tragic events that has ever happened in Long Beach, and it could have been completely prevented,” said Long Beach City Attorney General Doug Hubert. “There is nothing a misdemeanor case can do to bring justice to the Awaida family, but we hope that this will help prevent a similar tragedy in the future.”

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LONG BEACH, CA – NOVEMBER 13: LONG BEACH, CA – NOVEMBER 13: Carlo Navarro, the suspected DUI driver accused of beating a family of three in Long Beach, appeared before Long Beach Trial Court in Long Beach on Wednesday, November. 13/13/2019 (Photo by Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images)

“A videotape obtained by the prosecutor shows Omar Amasio handing a bottle of whiskey to Carlo Navarro without asking for his identity or paying for the bottle,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

Navarro said he was asked to bring $25 to the store the next day. A bottle of whiskey costs about $16.

The statement continued, “According to a statement provided by Navarro, Omar Amasio knew that he was not yet 21 and had sold him liquor several times in the past.”

LONG BEACH, CA - NOVEMBER 7: Cecilia Ramos, the aunt of Joseph Aweidah who, along with his wife Rehan and son Omar, were murdered by a suspected drunk driver on Halloween night.  Ramos spoke to the media on behalf of the family, outside court as suspect Carlo Navarro did not appear in the courtroom and the indictment over unrelated charges was postponed (Photo by Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images)

LONG BEACH, CA – NOVEMBER 7: Cecilia Ramos, the aunt of Joseph Aweidah who, along with his wife Rehan and son Omar, were murdered by a suspected drunk driver on Halloween night. Ramos spoke to the media on behalf of the family, outside court as suspect Carlo Navarro did not appear in the courtroom and the indictment over unrelated charges was postponed (Photo by Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images)

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Amasio, who was previously accused of stealing nearly $1 million in food stamps, ran the liquor store in her daughter’s name.

Syntyche Amacio obtained a liquor license for her mother and had little to do with the store’s operations. Syntyche Amacio has also been charged with conspiring to obstruct the licensing provisions of the Alcohol Beverage Control Act.

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